Artist of the day: JRoc Jones
Jermaine Molphus is on a mission.
For more than 20 years, the Tampa native as been making music. Inspired by soulful southern hip-hop acts OutKast and Goodie Mob and the lyrical prowess of hip-hop legends Jay-Z and Scarface, Molphus, known as JRoc Jones, is working hard to make a name for himself in the Tampa hip-hop community.
“As a youngster, I would watch the eyes of their fans and from that point I wanted to recreate that feeling,” Molphus said.
Since releasing his first solo album, Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, in late 2012, Molphus has been adding unique elements to his music. After collaborating with Tampa R&B singer Henry “Jus Henry” Gardiner on December’s Refreshing album, Molphus began work with one-time bandmate and guitarist Greg Burke to create a hip-hop group that would incorporate live soul and blues.
With the addition of Jus Henry and his R&B sound, Molphus’s new band Synergy in a Cup was born.
“We have been rocking as a unit for over a year,” Molphus said. “Being in a band means the world to me. This is the lifelong dream of mine that is being fulfilled. With live instruments I can bring out another level of emotion that the crowd can truly feel.”
The album release party for Synergy in a Cup’s album Take a Sip will be at 9 p.m. Friday at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th Street, Ybor City.
JRoc Jones will also be co-hosting an open mic on the first Wednesday of every month at Crowbar alongside Hansel “Aych” Wilson beginning in September.
— Michael Lortz